Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Care & Description
The Satsuki Azalea is an evergreen tree and one of the best selling online bonsai trees with Nursery Tree Wholesalers. It is a favorite among customers. It can grow in the wild and reach heights of six feet as a small shrub.
One of the most desireable aspects of the Satsuki azalea is that it will produce flowers of multiple colors on the same tree. The flowers have the possibility to be red, white, or pinkish, and will sometimes even grow in pairs. The Satsuki Azalea is a bonsai that originated in Japan, and typically tend to be more dwarfed compared to other hybrid groups.
Satsuki Azaleas prefer filtered or partial sun. Try to avoid keeping your bonsai in prolonged, direct exposure of the intense sun during the spring and summer months.
You should protect your Azalea during the winter, but you do not need to bring the tree indoors. You can move it to the garage if nessecary.
Try to keep the soil damp, as the roots of the Azalea can quickly dry out, which could be fatal to the bonsai. The tree prefers water that has a high lime content, so try to keep the soil acidity high.
From early spring to late autumn, which is growing season, we recommend adding a slow acting, organic fertilizer even 30 to 40 days. The fertizlier that is favored by most is HB101 and the occasional application of half strength Miracid to help keep the acidity level of the soil high.
After repotting during the spring, we recommend that you do not feed the tree for 6 to 8 weeks as it could cause root burn. Also, do not add fertilizer during the hottest months of the summer if you live in an area of commonly high temperatures.
Pruning and wiring:
You can prune the branches and new shoots on your Azalea in late summer, and remember to use a sealing compound to help the “cuts” in the tree heal. When new shoots grow, they will typically grow in groups of five – we recommend that you cut the new shoots down to two. If you would like to shape your tree, wiring should be done during the Spring. Older branches can be rather brittle, so exercise caution when bending. If you skip watering the day before you begin wiring, the branches will be slightly more flexible.
We recommend that when repotting, replace the oil soil with a soil mix that is free of small particles, as the root growth of Azaleas is dense. Trust us. When trimming the root ball, cut out pizza shaped wedges around the rim of the root ball, which will leave gaps for the roots to grow into.
Pests and Diseases:
Lacebugs, spider mites, aphids, white fly, scale, leafminers, stem boreres. Diseases could possibly include leaf gall, mushroom root rot, or petal blight.
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